Blood and Transplant: Organs

Who donates organs, and how do organ donations work? The third lesson in a four-part series discusses the tremendous need for donor organs of all ages and backgrounds. A variety of materials, included with the teacher's guide, walk learners through the conditions people must meet for a successful transplant and the situations that cause people to need donated organs.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Plan time for the class to complete the extension activity in order to learn how recipients are prioritized in terms of receiving organs from donors
  • Requires Internet access
Classroom Considerations

  • Introduce (or review) blood types and Rh factors to ensure comprehension of how these factors influence organ donations
  • Be sure to make enough donor cards so that all pupils may participate in the Kidney Matching Exercise
Pros

  • Contains great examples of real people that have undergone organ transplants; these are included in the variety of activities and printables found in the teacher's guide
  • Exposes life science classes to the dangers that organ recipients face during the transplant process
Cons

  • None